Championship preview: Sheffield v Workington

Sheffield Eagles coach Mark Aston was disappointed with his side’s 58-18 defeat at Leigh Centurions. “It didn’t help we were down to 12 men after four minutes,” he said. “They’re a good team at the best of times, that’s why they’re at the top of the league. To play with 12 men against the best team in the competition at home is always going to be tough but we’ll dust ourselves down and get on with the next one.

“It’s about bouncing back against Workington, like we did after the London game when we got a bit of a touch up. We need to make sure that defensively we’re very strong and clinical with the ball. We are preparing for it and if we get the right team out there we’ll win the game.”

Workington Town coach Phil Veivers said: “I thought we were pretty patchy against Bradford; we were good in parts and very poor in others. We were 16-0 down then fought back to 16-10, which I thought was a fair reflection of the game at that point. We were in an arm wrestle for 23 minutes of the second half but for 14 minutes after that we never saw the ball which resulted in five penalties and four tries and the game’s gone from you.

“We’re going into the unknown on Sunday because none of our players have played at Castle Park before. Sheffield are at the top of the table and they are there for a reason. They’ve got quality in their side so we need to get pretty physical going into this game.”

Hooker Graeme Mattinson is out with a dislocated shoulder.